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We know that reading & writing challenges make life difficult for a lot of people.

.We decided to find out how common literacy struggles are, in our first national survey..

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We asked 2000 Brits about their own reading, writing and comprehension skills.

Discover what we've found.

What percentage of Brits do you think struggled with some form of literacy during their education?

Over a third (36%) said they struggled with reading and writing when learning

Literacy challenges can impact everyday life


said they feel embarrassed when reading books aloud to pre-school children.

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of us feel frustrated when having difficulties reading and filling out lengthy forms.

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find it hard to understand paperwork such as rental agreements and phone contracts.

Many parents dread homework as much as their kids.

34% of Brits said they have anxiety when completing some tasks for fear of making a literacy or spelling mistake. It makes people feel really embarrassed and it's more common than you might think. If you find it hard to understand text, then everyday tasks can present a real barrier.

For example, 9% admitted to not feeling confident helping children with their homework.

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What percentage of Brits said they didn't get enough support with reading and writing during their education?

37% of Brits did not feel there were enough resources and technology available during their education to help them with reading, writing and comprehension.

For most, the difficulties start in primary school.

This still impacts their daily life now. We need to get kids the support they need as early as we can.

There are a lot of negative feelings caused by literacy problems. We want to remove the stigma and break the cycle .

We want to make sure people know where and how to get the help they need.

Helping people to read , write , understand and communicate is what we do.

We believe that…

Words can't hold us back

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We’re Texthelp.

As the name suggests, our aim is to help people with text, particularly those who struggle with digital text.

We produce tools that help people understand and be understood.

The technology we create is designed to help people who have problems with reading, writing and literacy.

As our research shows, that's not just a few of us, that’s most of us.

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We created Read&Write to help. Our flagship tool has improved the literacy of millions of people globally. And it can help you too.

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Reading and writing is a part of everyone's lives, so it's important that there is support for everybody, not just pupils with dyslexia who attend a specialist school.